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WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Paul Ryan says Attorney General Jeff Sessions should only recuse himself from a Justice Department investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election if Sessions is a subject of the probe. Some members of Congress from both parties are calling for Sessions to step aside from any investigation of contacts between the Russians and Donald Trump's campaign last year. And several top Democrats are going further — saying Sessions should resign over revelations that he twice talked with Moscow's U.S. ambassador during the campaign.

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior Senate Democrat is asking the Treasury Department to evaluate whether President Donald Trump and his family's business associates and possible investors from Russia and other countries have violated U.S. laws against financing terrorism, money laundering and other illicit activities. Sen. Sherrod Brown of Ohio says Trump's refusal to jettison or disclose investments that create potential conflicts of interest raises concern over his extensive international holdings. The Treasury Department has responsibility to enforce U.S. laws and sanctions against terrorist financing, bank secrecy and money laundering.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed claims by the U.S. government that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton fraudulently duped wealthy investors before taking office. It's the second time Paxton has prevailed over accusations by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission that he had a duty to tell investors he was being paid by a high-tech Texas startup while recruiting more than $840,000 from them. Paxton still faces a criminal trial that is scheduled to begin in May. He has pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony securities fraud.

BEIRUT (AP) — Al-Qaida has confirmed that its deputy leader, known as Abu al-Khayr al-Masri, was killed in a U.S. airstrike in Syria. In a statement today, the group praises him as a hero and "wise leader" with a "long career of contributions" to holy war. It says he was killed in a "Crusader strike" in Syria. The SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist organizations, said al-Masri may have been killed in a strike on Sunday on a vehicle in Syria's northwestern Idlib province.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The latest spring flood outlook from the National Weather Service shows a greatly reduced chance of flooding in the area where Dakota Access pipeline opponents camped for months in North Dakota. The flood risk had been a concern because of hundreds of tons of trash and debris protesters left behind in the now-closed camp. Authorities feared that floodwaters could wash the mess into nearby rivers. Authorities closed the camp last week and launched a major cleanup effort.

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